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  • Check out ex-Webby boss Tiffany Shlain’s new cloud sourced film

    This is very cool. It's the new short film from Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain. In order to make the two-minute film Shlain, together with her production company The Moxie Institute, asked people from all over the world to send videos of themselves feeling their heartbeat and thinking about what it means. The film, titled Engage, is part of the company's "Let it Ripple" movement. The movement comes with the tagline "Mobile films for Global Change" and takes its cue from the last line of Shlain's first feature film Connected. “For centuries we’ve declared our independence. Perhaps it’s now time...

  • LinkedIn after Twitter: Facebook referrals jump 1000%

    Were you concerned that the LinkedIn newsfeed was set for a quick demise after Twitter decided to disconnect from the service and no longer allowed tweets to feed through on to your home screen? Well, it seems your fears were unfounded: the LinkedIn team seems to be happier without it, and all the LinkedIn users just seem to be clicking on through to the other big blue social network. According to analytics service PageLever, the volume of referrals from LinkedIn to Facebook has spiked dramatically -- according to its data, it increased by 1000% in July compared to any...

  • SA’s ‘Tokoloshe’ online video campaign is pure genius

    Check this out. It's one of the best online video campaigns we've seen in a while. Except, if you'd seen the first video, you probably wouldn't have even been aware that it was advertising anything, much less a new player in the South African online property space. The teaser ad for Tivvit.com, comes in the form of a news story purporting to show a man who had filmed a Tokoloshe breaking into his house. In order to make it seem more legitimate the teaser featured filmed cell phone footage, a news report, and the news reader in studio, screened...

  • US tech giants form lobbying group in bid to curb online regulation

    US online giants including Facebook, Google, and Zynga have banded together to form a lobbying alliance. The aim of the alliance is to prevent lawmakers in the country over-regulating their sector. The group, which calls itself the Internet Association, says it is the "unified voice of the Internet economy in Washington". The Internet Alliance will represent Amazon.com, AOL, eBay, Expedia, Facebook, Google, IAC, LinkedIn, Monster Worldwide, Rackspace, salesforce.com, TripAdvisor, Yahoo!, and Zynga. Notably absent are other big US-based tech players like Microsoft and Apple. Then again they have significant revenue streams outside of the internet. “A free and innovative internet...

  • Yahoo! sells 17% of its Alibaba stake

    Yahoo has inked a deal to sell a portion of its stake in Chinese internet powerhouse Alibaba. The deal, which comes just months after the appointment of new CEO Marissa Mayer, will net the company net US$4.3-billion, US$3.65-billion of which will be given back to shareholders, reports the Wall Street Journal. In a memo to company employees Mayer noted that this "outcome is terrific for Yahoo," and that it "generates liquidity to create substantial value for our shareholders, while retaining a meaningful amount in the company to invest in our future. Also, because we still own 23% of Alibaba's...

  • Samsung to open Silicon Valley R&D centre

    Korean tech giant Samsung looks set to open a research and development centre in Mountain View, California. If you're wondering why that sounds familiar, it's because that's Google country. It's also just a ten minute drive away from the its fiercest legal rival Apple. It claims that the R&D centre, to be run by its Samsung Information Systems America division, will "provide a state-of-the-art campus that can support the current rapid growth in the organization, and also provide the infrastructure to support Samsung’s open innovation and university collaboration activities". According to SISA president Jay Chang: "Our new R&D Center...

  • Don’t let a tweet bring you down: 3 top tips for managing a social media crisis

    While it's crucial that you communicate with your audience if you experience a social media crisis, it's just as important that you communicate in a way that isn't insulting or negatively impacting your brand. One negative comment, tweet, Facebook status update or a YouTube video can spread like a plague online and turn into a full-on social media disaster. A social media crisis can happen at any moment. Everyone that has access to the web could potentially update their own network on their favourite social media channel when they have a nasty experience with a brand. A few years ago...

  • How many pageviews make an insult insulting?

    The global protests against the anti-Muslim Innocence of Muslims YouTube clip raises the issue that anyone could post a video insulting to a religion or nation. A small number of extremists on both sides could continuously derail a country's foreign diplomacy. Insults are easily published on the internet, and easy to find, if that's what you're looking for. Are we facing years of instability in global hotspots because of extremists hurling insults online? Robert C. Post, in Foreign Policy magazine, Free Speech in the Age of YouTube writes that "Barack Obama couldn't censor that anti-Islam film - even if he wanted...

  • SanDisk Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive: a great impulse-buy

    Right off the bat, SandDisk's 16Gb Extreme USB 3.0 impressed me. It's not the stupidly long name that did it, but the build quality and above-average speed of the device that won me over. Slowly buy surely Despite USB 3.0 going strong since 2008, we haven't really warmed to its use. The reason's simple enough. We still hang on to our older devices with US 2.0, therefore anything faster seems like a waste. It's 2012 now, and every laptop comes with USB 3.0 so enough with the history lesson. Read more on Gearburn.var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • SA’s eCommerce Awards: the real story

    I write often for tech publications and online media, and try my best (and fail hopelessly) to keep up with the billion daily changes in the digital field. That said, I've picked up on a number of conversations with people in the ecommerce arena that ask about the SA eCommerce Awards. So here's the low down, including all the details. First there was Jump Shopping (now uAfrica.com), an online shop itself, which pivoted into the online price comparison space in 2006. Read more on Ventureburn. var vglnk={key:"cc324b6567a9637aa0ff15bc9564b2a5"};!function(e,a){var t=e.createElement(a);t.type="text/javascript",t.async=!0,t.src="//cdn.viglink.com/api/vglnk.js";var n=e.getElementsByTagName(a);n.parentNode.insertBefore(t,n)}(document,"script");

  • Facebook expands ‘pay to promote’ test, lets more users highlight posts

    If you feel like your Facebook posts aren't getting enough attention, a solution may be at hand. The biggest blue social network is expanding a programme that gives people the chance to pay to have their posts highlighted. The service has been available to some New Zealand users since May. Now users from around the world are reporting that they've also been given the option. Speaking to The Next Web, a Facebook spokesperson said the tests were primarily designed to see how interested people are in the service: We are expanding a test that started last May that enables...

  • German gov’t warns against IE: Microsoft promises fix

    The German government has issued a warning, urging the country's people not to use Internet Explorer. No, it's not because it thinks Microsoft's stock browser is lame and that anyone using it is a complete technotard. It's because of a security vulnerability affecting anyone who uses IE 6 to 9. The government issued the warning after a researcher said he'd found evidence that hackers exploiting the flaw planned to use it to attack defense contractors. Microsoft says the impact of the flaw has been extremely limited and is reportedly working on a patch to fix it: There have...

  • Twitter profiles get a makeover – and Facebook-ish cover photos

    Did you spend ages deciding on the perfect Facebook cover photo so you could visually "express yourself"? Well, get ready for another careful decision: Twitter just announced a serious profile update that allows users to pick a header image for their profiles. It also released new Android, iPhone and iPad apps that let you upload the image on the go, among other things. In a spot on the US's Today Show and three separate blog posts, the Twitter team announced the profile reshuffle which sees the user's avatar move to a front-and-centre position over the header image on...

  • Where do all the pirates live? The world’s top torrent downloaders

    Which countries are the world's most frequent bit-torrent downloaders? According to a report by music analytics company Musicmetric, top honours go to the United States, with the United Kingdom and Italy holding second and third place. Round of applause, please. Musicmetric's recently released Digital Music Index is a study of the digital music landscape globally, that considers legal services (like iTunes, 7Digital and Spotify) and music sites (like Last.fm and SoundCloud) as well as the unauthorised bit-torrent downloads that pirates everywhere know and love. The company also tracked 750 000 artists to produce the report which spans from 2011...

  • 400 million people are now on Google+

    Think no one is using Google+? Think again. It seems the social network is reporting record growth. Apparently 400-million people have signed up to Google's social play. According to a post by Google's senior vice president of engineering Vic Gundotra, 100-million people are now using Google+ each month counting its mobile apps. "It was only a year ago that we opened public sign-up, and we couldn't have imagined that so many people would join in just 12 months. While Google+ is all about creating a better experience across Google, it's also a destination," said Gundotra. Following Gundotra's post, users...